Working with Business

Working with Business for Growth

The University of Suffolk is a business embracing organisation committed to working with you to help your business grow through innovation, enterprise and knowledge exchange.  You can access the best in graduate talent and academic expertise here to accelerate your growth and development.

We want to work with you to ensure the University works for business and employers, continuing to have a demonstrable economic impact on our locality and further afield whilst learning from you and bringing you into our community.

We can provide access to graduates, apprentices, state of the art facilities, the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC), meeting room hire, business networks, funding opportunities, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, CPD and short courses, events and enterprise skills development, consultancy and collaborative research to name but some of the opportunities available when you choose to use the University of Suffolk as your R&D arm.

'There are no barriers to working with the University of Suffolk to grow your business regardless of whether you are an SME or a larger organisation. In fact there is more funding and drivers than ever before for business to engage with higher education, realising the targets of the Industrial Strategy, and making an impact on the productivity and economic success story of a region.  The team at the University of Suffolk understand the needs and timescales of businesses wishing to compete in an ever competitive environment. Being a young University is an enabler here as we are able to move fast to help meet the needs of our business community'. Stef Thorne, Head of Research and Enterprise Services

Knowledge Exchange Funding

We are committed to having a significant impact on the economy, society and wider world around us.

Enterprise Skills Development

Programme of skills development and networking events.

Get in Touch

For business enquiries or to find out more about our Research and Enterprise team, please contact us.

Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre

The IWIC is the University of Suffolk's focal point for developing new entrepreneurs and innovative Start Ups.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Find out more about our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.

Success Stories

A few examples of where the University has worked with, supported, incubated or provided skills and talent to help grow and develop business.

Venue hire and facilities

The IWIC is a smart working environment within Ipswich with businesses, academics and the Research and Enterprise Services team co-located in a flexible space.

CPD and Short Courses

From short half day workshops to master’s qualifications, we’re poised to help you to achieve, learn, practice and grow.

Stef is Head of Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship. Stef leads the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship team, the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre, leads our Business - HE collaborations, Knowledge Exchange, student, graduate and staff entrepreneurship. Stef is a Fello...

Previously the Employer Liaison Adviser at University of Suffolk, Jenni is now the Enterprise and Business Development Manager.  Building on her employer engagement expertise to work more closely with Small to Medium Enterprises, Jenni conducts needs analysis, linking businesses up...

Andreea has worked for the University of Suffolk since September 2010 as a Research Associate. She became a Senior Research Associate in 2013. Since August 2014, Andreea has acted as the University of Suffolk Research Development Manager. She has a Master degree in Quantitative Ec...

Overview Paul is the inaugural manager of the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre. IWIC is a strategic project aimed at developing a place and community for entrepreneurs, innovators, technology and business professionals aimed at growing vibrant new companies with strong growth pr...

Ruth Paton is ERDF Project Assistant Manager within Research and Enterprise Services supporting enterprise and business development at the University of Suffolk. Engaging with clients, promoting the University’s business outreach capacity and Knowledge Exchange opportunities with ...